Executive Director for Keep Temple Beautiful
On behalf of the Affiliate Committee, I want to thank the many affiliates who took the time to fill out the annual survey and provide feedback on KTB's programs and services. We want you to know that the KTB board, staff and Affiliate Committee have reviewed the results at length and are already taking steps to provide our network with the requested support and resources needed to make Texas the most beautiful state in the nation. We are continuing to add funding resources to the Resource Library, and will be highlighting programs and services in each issue of Community Strong for affiliates to take advantage of. We have added additional share-a-project information from fellow affiliates and are meeting with several potential partners with the goal of increasing program and education opportunities. In the coming months, toolkits and resources will be added to the Affiliate tab, and we will continue to seek out corporate and grant funding to expand services for our affiliates.
We want to hear from you! Please continue to send us feedback on how we can better serve you and your community. You may contact Christine Chute Canul, staff liaison to the Affiliate Committee. Thank you for your time, and we are looking forward to a great 2012!
These days more and more eco-conscious consumers are dreaming of a green Christmas. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season, consider these tips from Keep Temple Beautiful.
•Use Sustainable Gift Wrap: Consider saving and re-using holiday wrapping paper just as your grandmother once did. Or wrap your gifts in pretty fabric that can be used for other purposes. In my family, we re-gift gift bags again and again. Pillowcases can also make pretty gift wraps if done correctly along with newspaper.
•Decorate with Energy-Efficient Lighting: While many people still use standard incandescent holiday bulbs, decorative LED lights are now available in a variety of holiday shapes and colors. In addition to having a much longer life span than standard lights, LEDs also reduce fire risks because they stay cool to the touch. This would be one of the areas where you might spend a little more upfront, but save in the long run. Want to be even greener? Use light-sensor timers to turn your lights on and off.
•Give Consumable Gifts: Most of us don’t need any more stuff we’re all “stuffed out.” So consider giving the gift of services instead, or goods that can be consumed. Some ideas include massages, pedicures, tickets to sporting events, gift certificates for restaurants and other similar pampering treats. Other options would be to give consumable gifts that keep on giving all year long like a membership to a Wine of the Month Club or a monthly delivery of seasonal fruits grown locally. Being green (eco-conscious) during Christmas does not mean you have to be any less generous.
•Make a Donation in Someone’s Name: If someone has a passion in life, giving to an organization that supports their cause can be very meaningful. Whether you donate a flock of chicks to support a hungry family through Heifer International or fund the planting of trees through Keep Temple Beautiful, you will be giving a gift that gives back and helps preserve the environment at the same time.
•Give the Gift of Time: Schedule time to get together with friends and family for cookie exchanges or other meaningful holiday events. We do have the ability as individuals and families to bring whatever intention to this season that we want. So we can share meals and share time with one another, and if we’d like to give each other gifts, we can do that too.
•Treecyle: If you have a cut tree, check with your local municipality to find out if they will accept it for recycling. More than 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States each year, but more than 90 percent are being recycled for mulch or chipped and used in parks and other public spaces. The City of Temple provides free treecycling service after the holidays. For more details, contact the Solid Waste Department.
From our family to yours, Keep Temple Beautiful wishes you a green Merry Christmas and an eco-conscious New Year!
When we think of Christmas we also think of green and no, not the green you’ll be spending on gifts but more like the idea of being “green” this holiday season that will help cut down on your spending. Since household waste increases by 25 percent during the holidays which means more material headed to landfills it is good to be conscientious (green) this season. Recycling always helps.
For instance, instead of purchasing wrapping paper, newspaper can be used to wrap those special gifts. I always like to wrap my gifts with the comics section since it is so colorful. It makes your gift look festive and it’s good for the environment. Don’t forget that the wrapping from gifts you receive can also be saved and reused.
Another tip for cutting down on holiday waste is recycling a Christmas tree. After the holiday the city accepts live Christmas trees that can be chipped into mulch. Residents can take their trees to the recycling centers located on 3015 Bullseye Lane or 602 Jack Baskin Drive. This is free of charge to the public. For more information contact the City of Temple’s Solid Waste department.
Remember these key elements in greening your Christmas; reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce waste by giving gifts that require little packaging i.e. gift certificates, tickets, music lessons etc. The less you purchase or bring home the less waste you generate. Reuse what you have by wrapping gifts in recycled paper and compost leftover food or even donate unwanted presents to a charity. Recycling can be maximized by checking labels to determine a gift’s recyclability or if it’s made from recycled materials. At your next holiday party, set up a place where guest can recycle including them in your “green” holiday spirit. Since caring for the environment is incumbent on all of us, for your New Year’s resolution make a commitment to recycle year round both at home and at work.
All throughout the year, Keep Temple Beautiful has brought the public projects and programs that teach green living. So here’s the last green lesson of the year… A clean city is more than an environmental statement it is an economical statement, help keep Temple beautiful and have yourself a green little Christmas.
For more information on Keep Temple Beautiful, go to www.keeptemplebeautiful.org or contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
Keep Temple Beautiful encourages communities, businesses and individuals to attend the upcoming, November 16th Eco-Lunch & Learn, 12pm at the Temple Chamber of Commerce on 2 N. 5th Street. Join guest speaker Beth Correa with Central Texas Council of Governments to discuss the Household Hazardous Waste initiative and how the organization promotes a sustainable community.
The Eco-Lunch & Learn is designed to encourage others to use their lunch time to make environmentally-conscious decisions.With a complimentary catered lunch, topics of education pertinent to your objective, a great opportunity to network, and great door prizes these sessions provide fresh and inspiring insight into green choices, helping people to make more considered and confident green living choices for the future.
For more information, contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
On Veterans Day, November 11th at 10am, Keep Temple Beautiful (KTB) is launching its new “Recycle On The Go” program with a kick-off event at Central Fire Station located at 210 N. 3rd Street. As part of the award from PepsiCo, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful’s Dream Machine initiative, KTB is placing recycling bins at area Fire Departments, schools and businesses in Temple. This closed loop system focuses on capturing single-use containers to aid in increasing recycling rates by keeping these items out of the trash and putting them back into the reprocessing stream. Currently less than a third of plastic beverage containers are being recycled each year and only 12 percent of public spaces are equipped with recycling receptacles.
For all bottles and cans recycled in the “Recycle On The Go” program, funding will be provided to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. The EBV project was first created by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. It is designed to provide training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service. The mission of this program is to open the door to business ownership for our veterans, by developing skills that relate to the many steps associated with launching and growing a small business. Today the EBV is offered by a network of world-class business schools across the U.S., that includes Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Florida State University, UCLA, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, and Louisiana State University.
As stated by, Executive Director, Tanya Gray, “Recycle On The Go is not only a great program for the City of Temple because it promotes awareness and encourages the community to become more environmentally friendly but it is also creating opportunities for our military. It is a great way to give back to those who have already given so much and allows us to help the environment.”
This event is free and open to the public so please join us in this worthwhile endeavor. If your business or organization is interested in participating in the “Recycle On The Go” program contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
Below are a list of acceptable items that will be taken at the E-Recycling event on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-12pm at Holy Trinity Catholic School, 6608 W. Adams, Temple, TX. This event is free to the Public, Businesses and ALL SURROUNDING CITIES. There is no limit on the number of items you bring as long as those items are on the list.
Computers: Central Processing Units (CPUs), Personal Computers, Laptops, Notebooks, Hard Drives, Power Supplies
Computer Accessories: Cords & Cabling, Keyboards, Mice, Web Cam
Printers & Copiers: Toner & Ink Cartridges, Cables & Cords
Power Supplies and Chargers
Data Center Equipment: Servers & Cabling, Racks, Trays & Cages
Monitors: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT), Flat Screen
Entertainment: TVs, VCRs, DVDs, Sound Boards & Equipment
Networking Equipment & Accessories
Cell Phones & PDAs: Chargers, Cords & Accessories
Food Prep – Coffee Pots, Microwaves, Toasters, Ovens, Blenders, Mixers, Pots, Slow Cookers & Baking Pans
Personal – Hair Dryers, Electric Toothbrushes, Shavers, Curling Irons & Curlers, Irons
Lawn Equipment – Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Edgers, Weed Whackers
Electronics – Digital Cameras, Gaming Equipment, CDs, VCR Tapes, Cassette Tapes
Exercise Equipment – Treadmills, Bikes, Non-Electric Items
Assorted – Vacuum Cleaners, Hot Irons, Ironing Boards
Automotive – Auto Batteries, Auto Rims, DVD & Stereo Equipment, Wires & Cabling
THERE WILL BE A CHARGE OF $10.00 FOR CRTs & TELEVISIONS
For additional information, contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
On Saturday, October 22nd, Make A Difference Day from 9am to 12pm businesses, citizens and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to protect the environment by properly recycling computer equipment, cell phones, monitors, lawn equipment, gaming equipment and much, much more. This E-Recycling event will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic High School located at 6608 W. Adams Ave, Temple, TX.
As stated by Joan Meeks, Founding Partner of Electronic Waste Disposal (EWD), “Green is no longer a fad; it is the reality of future business and city management.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 82 percent of the 2.25 million tons of old TVs, mobile phones and computer products generated in the last 2 years has ended up in landfills. By recycling old products, useful materials such as glass, plastic and metals can be collected and re-used in the manufacture of other products. It is important as citizens and businesses of this community to encourage and demonstrate the correct way to dispose of these items. So show your friends, neighbors, family members, business owners and colleagues by demonstrating your commitment to environmentally responsible practices and participate in the E-Recycling event on October 22nd. It makes all the difference. There will be a $10.00 fee for CRTs and TVs. All other items are free of charge.
About EWaste Disposal
EWaste Disposal is an environmentally responsible company focused on proper e-waste recycling. The company was founded on the principal of working toward keeping the environment healthy for future generations.
About Keep Temple Beautiful
Keep Temple Beautiful is a non-profit organization that strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community. KTB works with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers.
For more information on this event contact:
Tanya Gray, Executive Director
At Keep Temple Beautiful’s eco-conscious lunch & learn, Benae McFarland with Clearwater Underground Conservation District provided an overview of the major groundwater management initiatives taking place in Bell County and an update on the drought. She also discussed the two major aquifers that Clearwater manages which are the Trinity and the Edwards (Balcones Fault Zone-BFZ) along with groundwater issues facing the Bell County area. For those who are not familiar with an aquifer, it is a geologic formation that water passes through underground. At the end of the presentation, the focus was placed on attendees to answer questions that pertained to their knowledge of what was taught and provide feedback.
As stated by Dirk Aaron, Administrative Manager “The mission of the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District is based on educational outreach and protecting the health of the Aquifers in Bell County, as well as regulation focusing on transparency and education to get our message out.” If you would like to find out more facts on Bell County’s water process, go to www.clearwaterdistrict.org. There, you will also learn information on the Bell County Annual Water Symposium that will be held on November 17th .
With water being one of our most precious natural resources, it is important as citizens to be proactive and practice conservation. What can you do?
Here are 10 simple but helpful ways you can conserve water in this drought:
1. When washing dishes it is better to use a dishwasher but if you have to wash them by hand make sure you don't let the water run while rinsing. Even better, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
2. Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
3. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
4. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
5. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
6. Use the garbage disposal sparingly instead compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
7. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
8. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
9. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
10. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
The next Eco Lunch & Learn will be held on November 16th, 12 noon at the Temple Chamber of Commerce. Be ready to benefit from a new learning experience. Bring a friend, an inquisitive mind and enjoy a lunch on us. Keep Temple Beautiful is an award winning organization dedicated to making Temple a cleaner more economically viable community in which to live, grow and work. To find out more about our Eco Lunch & Learn sessions contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
When: Wednesday, September 21
Where: Temple Chamber of Commerce, 2 North 5th Street
Time: 12 noon
Join Keep Temple Beautiful for possibly the most important Eco Lunch & Learn event to date. Hear Dirk Aaron with Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District speak about the current drought conditions and become educated on the principles, technology and practices of water conservation and water resource programs.
Environmental education can have a positive impact in any setting. For individuals and businesses looking to engage in environmental education our Eco Lunch & Learns are perfect tools to get the message out that it is easy being green. Each session raises awareness providing tools to improve both home and work environments. They are free to the public and each session is 1 hour in length with a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 to 20 minute question and answer period. Lunch will be provided by Chipotle for attendees and two lucky participants will be the winners of a door prize!
For more information or to play a role in future Eco Lunch & Learns, please contact Tanya Gray at (254) 493-4000.
Pepsico has announced Keep Temple Beautiful as a winner in their Dream Machine Grant program. The company is partnering with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) to encourage community involvement and maximize Dream Machine availability by engaging nearly 600 local KAB affiliate organizations in communities nationwide. This national call-to-action asks Americans to commit to recycle every can and bottle and place them in a Dream Machine recycle bin.
The more Americans recycle in Dream Machine bins, the more support PepsiCo will provide to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a national program offering free, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities.
“There are few better times to thank the men and women of the United States armed forces for their sacrifice and service than Independence Day. We are proud that through the Dream Machine initiative, PepsiCo will help many of our veterans receive valuable job training,” said Jeremy Cage, PepsiCo’s head of the Dream Machine initiative. “We kicked off the Dream Machine recycling initiative on Earth Day and we are delighted that so many partners are making – or considering making – the bins available at their locations in cities and towns across the country.”
PepsiCo’s Dream Machine recycling initiative, created in partnership with Waste Management, was developed to support PepsiCo’s goal of increasing the U.S. beverage container recycling rate from 34 percent to 50 percent by 2018. According to research conducted by Keep America Beautiful, only 12 percent of public spaces are equipped with recycling receptacles, highlighting the clear need for greater public access to recycling bins. Since the Dream Machine launch on Earth Day 2010, PepsiCo has formed partnerships that will make the bins available in a number of highly trafficked public locations across the U.S.
Keep Temple Beautiful has acquired 90 bins whose total worth is over $8000. The organization is working with the City’s Solid Waste Department to develop a plan that will provide a more convenient way for Temple citizens to recycle on-the-go, all the while helping our nation’s heroes.
For more information on Keep Temple Beautiful, go to www.keeptemplebeautiful.org, call (254) 493-4000 or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/keeptemplebeautiful.
Keep Temple Beautiful proudly sponsors programs throughout the community, and works with local businesses and organizations to promote other projects in honor of the Great American Cleanup.
In 2010, KTB invites local companies and organizations to develop their own GAC events. Tell us what you are doing this year! Email Us.
Great American Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, and involves an estimated 3 million volunteers and attendees nationwide. Hardworking volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours in 2009 to clean, beautify and improve more than 32,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond.
Earth Day -- April 22 -- each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, who proposed a nationwide environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda." On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.
In 1990, Denis Hayes organized another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues on to the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries.
Earth Day gives the Temple-Belton community an opportunity to focus attention on environmental issues in our area. In the past, KTB members have been involved in 70 tree plantings for TISD campuses.
2011 marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Tell us what you intend to do for your “Earth Day” activity.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care throughout the country. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it's celebrated on the last Friday in April. Sponsored by the national Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day activities promote not only tree planting, but also outdoor activities, educational programs and more.
KTB was instrumental in helping Temple become a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities. 3,400 communities where 135 million people live are currently designated Tree City USA.
Each year, KTB sponsors an Arbor Day poster contest in schools, intended to draw attention to the importance of trees in our community. If your school would like to participate please contact us.
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